Episode #25: High House hopes, low Obama numbers

So how do you run your campaign in 2014 if you’re a Democrat and your president’s job approval numbers are not so good?  That’s the question host Ken Rudin put to Democratic pollster and strategist Anna Greenberg in the latest installment of the Political Junkie.  Greenberg acknowledges the weak numbers, the disappointing foreign policy and the history of the party …

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Grimm News For The GOP: Staten Island Congressman Close To Indictment

You remember Rep. Michael Grimm?  He’s the Staten Island Republican who made national headlines the night of the State of the Union address, when a TV reporter asked him on camera about an ongoing corruption investigation that was said to include the congressman.  Grimm walked away but later, with the cameras still rolling, he came …

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Episode #23: Wild politics in LA & ME, LBJ’s comeback

With the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — and with the revived reputation of President Lyndon Johnson — comparisons between LBJ and Barack Obama are being made.  Johnson, who left office in 1969 with the cloud of Vietnam hanging over him, is remembered as a master tactician who, with huge Democratic majorities in Congress, pushed a …

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Is There Such A Thing As A Sex Scandal In Louisiana? Freshman Rep. McAllister Will Find Out

Edwin Edwards probably put it best.  “The only way I can lose this election,” he famously once said, “is if I’m caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.” That, in a nutshell, describes the tolerance for scandal in Louisiana.  Or at least the understanding of it.  Edwards, a former congressman …

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